Re: OS Patches

From: Niall Litchfield <>
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2010 12:13:43 +0000
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On Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 10:56 AM, Ozgur Ozdemircili <> wrote:

> Hi all,
> -Creating your own Redhat satellite or using satellite of Redhat and
> making the packages to be upgraded (Im talking about very very
> critical ones),
> -Testing them in pre production environment(identical pre prod / prod
> environment needed)
> Though I seem to avoid the fact that your systems may not have the
> same setup and/or your directors may/may not invest the money needed
> for Redhat satellite/ Redhat support, this shall surely secure the
> process better than up2date.

For what it's worth, probably not a lot, I agree entirely. It seems to me that any patching should be tested and repeatable. vanilla up2date doesn't really allow you to do this reliably. The satellite product obviously does. It's rather a cheap product compared with applying an unknown list of untested patches on a production system as well.

That said most sites that do apply O/S patches to RHEL just seem to script rpm directly from a staging area. Sometimes simplest is easiest.

Niall Litchfield
Oracle DBA

Received on Wed Feb 17 2010 - 06:13:43 CST

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